Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Into the Book ~ Strategies for Learning

Into the Book is a free online multimedia resource designed to improve students' reading comprehension, as well as their ability to think and learn across the curriculum.  This is a great site with lots of visually interesting activities that focuses on eight learning strategies:

  • Using prior knowledge
  • Making connections
  • Questioning
  • Visualizing
  • Inferring
  • Summarizing
  • Evaluating
  • Synthesizing

Into the Book includes:

  • student website featuring interactive reading comprehension activities
  • teacher website featuring music, video clips, classroom design ideas, posters, teacher guides, lesson plans and lots more

The nine Into the Book student episodes feature an extraordinary classroom where a group of ordinary students use powerful learning strategies to enter the world of the story. Programs show student viewers how to use these strategies when reading fiction, nonfiction, or everyday text. They'll also model real-life applications of the strategies. For more information, video clips, and a teacher guide to using the video programs, click on "Student Video" under each strategy.


"Teaching children which thinking strategies are used by proficient readers and helping them use those strategies independently creates the core of teaching reading. If proficient readers routinely use certain thinking strategies, those are the strategies children must be taught. For the kindergarten-through-twelfth-grade reading curriculum to focus primarily on those strategies, we need a new instructional paradigm: Our daily work with children must look dramatically different from the approaches in wide use in our schools today."
—Keene, 1997, pp. 53-54

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Illustrative Mathematics - tasks and tools that support implementation of the CCSS

Illustrative Mathematics (K-12) This website features a clickable version of the Common Core in mathematics and illustrations of specific standards with associated classroom tasks and solutions.

Anyone can access the activities posted on Illustrative Mathematics.

Illustrative Mathematics can be helpful for new teachers who are looking for lesson ideas.  Illustrative Mathematics may also be helpful for experienced teachers exploring ideas for teaching Common Core Standards.  The Common Core State Standards are profoundly different from most state standards documents, but those differences are not always obvious to teachers, curriculum developers, assessment writers, teacher educators, or policy makers.

Illustrative Mathematics Goals:

  • To illustrate standards with impeccably crafted tasks, videos, lesson plans, and curriculum modules.
  • To be the premier source of freely available online mathematics content for teachers, teacher leaders, assessment developers, curriculum writers, and teacher educators.
  • To be a discerning professional community that creates content and deploys expertise in multiple ways.
  • To engage individuals and small groups, with rare and needed expertise, who are currently isolated in pockets across the country.
  • To provide a space for teachers to share across classrooms and help each other grow in teaching our children mathematics.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Shareor - The Social Network for Teachers

Share, Collaborate, and Connect within the Teacher Community.

This post is for all of the teachers that are addicted to Pinterest and I know who you are because I probably follow your boards!  This post is also for anyone that possibly has not yet been exposed to all the interesting and educational resources that are shared on Pinterest. (Also read: Five-Minute Film Festival: Pinterest for Teaching and Learning) is yet another social bookmarking tool which I just discovered.  It looks much like Pinterest, but it is just for educators!  You can manage your bookmarks/pins much like your pins and boards on Pinterest.  Shareor offers a little more than pinning by providing "workspaces" in which teachers can collaborate. Learn more about Shareor in the video below: